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July 23, 2009

"In response to the fire barrels: Fire barrels are inspected by Washington County Health Department, and they must be approved ... and another thing, about the health care plan with Obama, it's a joke for big business to back off paying health care benefits to employees, while they're working and after they're retired."

-- Hagerstown




"For those of you who are so concerned about the death penalty, saying it is cruel and very painful, please get ready for the elderly and the disabled, for Obama's new health care bill. He's going to be counseling every five years to teach people how to deal with the end of life. So we might get a chance to know if it is really painful or not."

-- Hagerstown




"I just heard on the news about four Republicans being lobbied by lobbyists from the health care industry to vote against this bill, plus two of my Democrats. I just don't get it. I'm one of the 47 million without insurance. ... Quit worrying about the medical profession. They're making billions and billions of dollars. Think about me."

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-- Falling Waters, W.Va.




"Life is full of problems. Nobody said it was gonna be easy. You take it one day at a time, and you do the best that you can."

-- Hagerstown




"I just heard about a story on the news about a county in Maryland that is going to allow wine and beer sales at local public libraries during events at night, and also at other public venues. Now, I'm not sure I agree with the sale of wine and liquor at public venues, including public libraries, but why not at public libraries like they do at book stores, where you might have a coffee?"

-- Hagerstown




"I'm calling in reference to the person that called in about the streets in the Woodmoor area not needing resurfacing. I guess maybe the street you live on maybe doesn't, but try looking at either Clinton Avenue or Rosewood Drive, where there's big potholes. It's not suitable to be driven on, as your car's gonna need a front-end alignment. ... It's about time we get something for our tax dollars."

-- Halfway




"I'm calling about all the cuts in all the states and city, and the raises of taxes. I have yet to see where one official will even offer to pay for their own insurance. I think it's time that the top officials start taking cuts and paying for their insurance and all, just like the regular citizens do."

-- Hagerstown




"Nice article in Section B of the 22nd for The Herald-Mail, 'Free clinic gets new home.' Glad to see it in Martinsburg, extending it. We have one in Hagerstown. I'm just wondering if Social Services check to see if the people using the one in Martinsburg uses Hagerstown's. ... I see cars from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Virginia down there all the time."

-- Leitersburg




"I was wondering if school started early this year, and they forgot to pick the kids up. I've seen, I've passed seven school buses on the way from Sharpsburg to Hagerstown with no one on them, so I was just wondering."

-- Sharpsburg




"I'm calling about the City Council closing South Potomac Street. I think that's the dumbest thing they have ever done, close a thoroughfare through the middle of town. ... That is downright stupid. How about an ambulance that wants to come down through downtown? They gotta watch for people crossing the street and all that. Now how in the heck can they, somebody get through there?"

-- Hagerstown




"I'm calling about the lady in the paper today, July 22, about the truck coming around selling meats. I would just like to tell her that the meat is very good. We buy from them all the time, and I know several people in our neighborhood also get from them. We have had no complaints about the meat whatsoever. It's very, very good."

-- Smithsburg




"I would like the contractor installing blacktop required to raise the manhole lids on the sewage pipes to the level of the new blacktop. The rings to raise them are very inexpensive to purchase."

-- Williamsport




"I am calling to thank the volunteers who worked at the Holly Place July 21. They did a great job."

-- Hagerstown




"I think it's time that the people tell the government to quit taxing them and sending the money overseas. It's time for the people to stand up for themselves."

-- Hagerstown




"This call should be directed to the person calling from Brightwood Acres, about the phone service. Brightwood Acres has a real problem with the phone service, and I was promised that we would have high-speed Internet from Verizon in Brightwood Acres in approximately two to six weeks, or at the most, six months. It's been a year and a half, and I've heard nothing. So I would agree with you."

-- Brightwood Acres




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